Books of the Month!


 Learning to Navigate the Waters Swimmingly
Kathleen Morrissey teaches the importance of listening to your parents

No one likes to learn lessons the hard way. Fortunately, Kathleen Morrissey makes teaching essential lessons to children fun.

In her new book, “Otter Tales,” Morrissey teaches children about otter behavior while instilling the moral that parents know what’s best for their children.

When three young otters are left to their own devices they are bound to get into trouble, not unlike three children. The lessons they learn along the way however, will keep them safe from the hidden dangers in and out of the sea.

Morrissey’s inspiration derives from one particular experience with otters on one of her many family outdoor adventures to the San Juan Islands.

“All my books carry themes related to family, vacations, animals and adventures,” Morrissey said. “They also include being safe, watching out for one another, and following sound safety rules.”

The author hopes children will grow a further appreciation for their parents’ role and discover the many adventures that can be had in nature, whether camping, hiking or picnicking. They are all great ways to experience the wide array of animal and plant life with which we share the planet.

I received a copy of Otter Tales and loved the theme in this one! I highly recommend for young children! It has short chapters and great for beginning readers that want more than a picture book.

“Otter Tales”
By: Kathleen Morrissey
ISBN: 978-1-4969-5304-9
Softcover: $11.95
E-book: $3.99
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AuthorHouse.

About the author
Kathleen Morrissey is the author of three other childrens’ books, “Walter and Mike Get Their Own Fun Park Pool,” “Bunny Foodie Adventures” and “The Lonely Noodle.” She is devoted to her family and has enjoyed taking trips with them for over 40. Morrissey currently resides outside of Seattle.

3 History Books and 1 How-To from Sky Pony Press!

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FANTASTIC FUGITIVES by Brianna DuMont (author) and Bethany Straker (illustrator) is the second book in Brianna DuMont’s Changed History series. The twelve fugitives in this book annoyed everyone, including queens, presidents and popes. But they didn’t let the peeved or the powerful stop them from breaking laws. They founded countries, won wars, and even ended empires—all while on the run! Follow the twists and turns of these lawbreaking lives to learn how anyone can change the world.

This one is a fun one for older elementary/middle school age children. It’s different and is really fun to read! It is a refreshing way to have children who aren’t thrilled about reading history books actually wanting to read this one!

FANTASTIC FUGITIVES: Amazon, B&N, Indiebound

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I love these next two for Middle School age children!

JUNGLE FIGHTERS by Jules Archer is set during the early stages of the Pacific War, General Douglas MacArthur was expected to prevent the Japanese from taking Australia. With limited forces, MacArthur had to be tactical, and the key to the continent’s defense was the island of New Guinea. In the fall of 1941, at the age of twenty-six, Jules Archer joined the US Armed Forces. A few months later, he joined MacArthur as a member of the small task force being sent to New Guinea.

THEY HAD A DREAM by Jules Archer outlines the three major civil rights movements in the United States. Racism is still a very relevant problem in our country today, and to better understand where we are now and how to make progress in the future, we must first understand where we’ve come from.

These are well-written and a great way to learn history!

JUNGLE FIGHTERS: Amazon, B&N, Indiebound

THEY HAD A DREAM: Amazon, B&N, Indiebound

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And last but not least…CHESS: BE THE KING!

This fun book by Ellisiv Reppen (author) and Flu Hartberg (illustrator) offers something for beginners who have never picked up a chess piece as well as more advanced instruction for experienced learners who are looking to become expert players. Including exclusive tips from some of the world’s best chess players, kids will learn how to become the king of chess!

My son and I found this one really interesting and fun to read! I recommend for ages 7+.

Can be purchased:  Amazon, B&N

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this post.


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